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Tips for Staying Safe on the Road

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

  • Sometimes it can be challenging to determine if you should stop for a school bus with flashing lights or the stop bar out. Check out the graphic below that was developed by the Bellevue Department of Transportation.
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

 

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Sources: National Safety Council www.nsc.org, and Bellevue Department of Transportation
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How to Drive a Roundabout

Lynnwood’s first roundabout is located at 204th Street SW and 68th Ave W near Edmonds Community College. Roundabouts are designed to make intersections safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. There are a few key things to remember: yield to drivers in the roundabout, do not stop in the roundabout, watch for pedestrians.

  • As you approach a roundabout, you will see a yellow "roundabout ahead" sign with an advisory speed limit for the roundabout.
  • Slow down as you approach the roundabout, and watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • Continue toward the roundabout and look to your left as you near the yield sign and dashed yield line at the entrance to the roundabout. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
  • Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the circle and proceed to your exit. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding.
  • Look for pedestrians and use your turn signal before you exit, and make sure to stay in your lane as you navigate the roundabout.
    Check out this video from WSDOT called How Do I Drive a Roundaboutlinks to external site?
    Source: Washington State Department of Transportation, www.wsdot.gov  

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Holiday Traffic

City Traffic Engineers are always thinking of ways to adjust signal timing to better accommodate volumes of vehicles in and around the mall area from Black Friday to December 31st. Minor adjustments are made as problems are observed or called in, validated, and addressed. This year the 33rd Ave W ring-road near Costco creates an additional way of traveling between Maple Road and 184th Street SW.

We want to provide holiday shoppers with the best possible opportunities to shop their stores of choice and more efficiently navigate around Alderwood Mall during congested periods. When the streets and signals are congested, there are a few things shoppers can keep in mind that will help. Here they are:

  • Use a map of Alderwood Mall stores and parking areas (online, mobile app, or paper copy) and place markers on chosen stores to shop;
  • Mark parking areas that are closest to your chosen stores;
  • Try to make as few vehicle trips as possible;
  • Check the traffic cameras before heading out to shop.

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Image from a Live Feed of the Traffic Camera at 184th St & Alderwood Mall Parkway.
This will help shoppers avoid spending extra time in the car looping back, making a u-turn, or being stuck in congestion while looking for stores. Less time in the car means more time for shopping!